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Church wants to repurpose old Walmart building in Cortez

The long-vacant old Walmart building in Cortez Plaza is slated to become the new home of the Rock Springs Church. Plaza owner Tom Maley and church leaders were given preliminary approval for the...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Social Services office gets new director

The Montezuma County Department of Social Services has a new director. Gina Montoya came on board in July and has an extensive background in human services in the state. For 10 years, she was a...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

UPDATE: Three injured during Escalante Days; child kicked by deputy’s horse

Three injuries were reported at this year’s Escalante Days, including one involving a horse with the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol. About 11:30 a.m., a 4-year-old was kicked by the...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores yoga and wellness festival is Aug. 25

A new wellness and yoga festival will be held in downtown Dolores Aug. 25. The Wild Roots Yoga & Wellness Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 411 Central Ave. An opening ceremony will take...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores school district seeks bids for new bus garage

A plan for a bus garage for Dolores schools will be put out for rebid, board members decided at their meeting last week. Previous bids came in higher than what was budgeted for the project, said...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man facing a jail sentence allegedly escapes deputies, police

A California man with a pending sentence for drug possession in Cortez has twice eluded law enforcement, officials say, once in court and again in a police pursuit. On Aug. 1, Alejandro Reyes left...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Escalante Days brings Dolores together as fire burns above town

A festive parade kicked off Escalante Days in Dolores on Saturday, and was followed up by rowdy chain saw and arm-wrestling contests cheered on by an energetic crowd. A refreshing rainstorm the...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health System lays off 9.5 percent of staff

Management for Southwest Memorial Hospital announced layoffs Tuesday of 40 employees as part of a reorganization plan to bolster the hospital’s struggling financial position and improve...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plateau Fire's risk of erosion is low, report says

The risk of erosion from the Plateau Fire’s burn scar into McPhee Reservoir is considered low, according to a recent hydrology report. Burn specialists and hydrologists flew over the fire area...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sattley one of four running for county commissioner

Jesse James Sattley, of Dolores, has petitioned onto the November ballot for Montezuma County commissioner representing District 1. Sattley, 70, was raised in the county and has worked as a farmer...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plateau Fire 93 percent contained

The Plateau Fire burning 6 miles north of Dolores grew to 16,300 acres over the weekend but is 93 percent contained, fire officials said Sunday during a community meeting. A gap in containment on...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fairgrounds ‘a petting zoo’ of Plateau Fire evacuees

The fair is over, but animals returned to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds last week as evacuees of the threatening Plateau Fire north of Dolores. About 45 alpacas, 25 goats, some chickens and a...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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